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Cate Prato

About Cate Prato

Cate Coulacos Prato loves fabric, thread, and dabbles in all types of fabric art. As Senior Online Editor for Keepsake Quilting, she welcomes your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and discussion on quilts, quilting, fabric shopping, and the quilting community.

hourglass quilt ideas

Quilt Ideas for 10-inch Squares – Free Tutorial

Looking for quilt ideas for precut 10″ squares? Here are five suggestions and a free tutorial for a Nine-Patch Rearranged quilt using 10″ pre-cut fabric. Precut fabric makes quilting so much easier, because a lot of the work is done for you. Ten-inch squares are among the most versatile pre-cuts. Slice them into strips, smaller squares…

dresden plate table runner

The Versatile Dresden Plate Quilt Block

The Dresden Plate quilt block is one of the most popular quilt designs. But did you know how versatile it is? Below we give you some ideas for using the Dresden Plate to make a variety of quilting projects, plus tips on how to re-size the plates. With this information, you’ll be serving up all…

quiltfest 2016

QuiltFEST Contest – You Be the Judge

We put a little twist onto this year’s QuiltFEST contest: we made it Show and Tell! We asked quilters to bring along their quilts on August 3, 2016, with a brief written bio about the quilt and show it off to the staff and customers! We took pictures of the quilts (see below) and invited…

yoga mat carrier fabric project

Fabric Projects to Make from One Yard

What can you make with one yard (give or take) of quilt fabric? So many creative fabric projects! No doubt, as a quilter your stash is full of coordinating fat quarters and scraps that make up about a yard of fabric. And you probably have yard-lengths (more or less) of leftover backing fabric, fabric from the…

Snowflake Fabric Ornaments

How to Make Christmas Fabric Snowflakes

Make snowflakes in July? Sure! What better way to get a jump on your Christmas creations? If you order your Christmas fabric projects now, you’ll be able to finish them in time to actually enjoy the holidays. So let’s start with a fun project that is one of our most popular Christmas fabric crafts, the…

quilted table runner

The Benefits of Quilting Templates – Free Tutorial

You know the saying, “Measure twice, cut once?” That goes double for quilting. Everything has to fit together just right, or the pattern won’t come out. If you have even a little trouble with measuring and cutting you’ll appreciate this surefire quilted table runner pattern, made even more foolproof with  a pair of multipurpose quilting…

landscape quilt keepsake cutups

Charity Quilts Begin at Home for Keepsake Cut-ups

Many quilters make charity quilts that to go directly to people in need, to an organization that distributes them, or that are raffled or auctioned as part of a fundraiser. The Keepsake Quilting crew is no different. For four years, staff members from several departments in our New Hampshire offices have teamed up to raise…

designing a quilt tea

Designing a Quilt with a Tea Theme

Welcome to our tea party! Today our theme is about designing a quilt with a tea theme, inspired by the Thirties Tea Quilt by Diane Nagle of Peddlecar Quilts for RJR Fabrics. We have some tips from Diane, a schematic for a Broken Dishes mug rug based on the quilt, and other tea-themed quilt designs. So have…